Tag Archives: Gulf of Bothnia

Romancing the fear.

I will always love Scandinavia….Viking genes are there in my DNA, my ancestors settling in the West of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but it is that very spirit that calls to me now. The preparations are underway; so much to … Continue reading

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An Åland Arrival! (60°14′.2N, 19°32′.4E)

I waited and waited, but still the low pressure persisted… Having found another island anchorage away from Grisslehamn, which also happens to be the shortest route to the Åland Islands, I waited out two days of savage northerlies plus a … Continue reading

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That ‘Island feeling’. (60° 30′ N, 18° 4’ E)

Time to slow it all down… After a few days in Norrsundet it was time to run the gauntlet. The often tricky and rarely uneventful Gävle Bight lived up to its name with a stiff nor ‘westerly breeze blowing offshore, … Continue reading

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A Fond Farewell

No matter how many times Free has set out on another voyage, the fluctuating emotions somehow convince me that there is nothing else I should be doing, and that a life without this passion would be shallow indeed. Thus the … Continue reading

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And ‘Baby’ makes three!

No, I’m not pregnant… but it is time to raid the ‘piggybank’ again! Spring is always the most expensive time of year for the live-aboard sailor. Last year it was the never-ending starter-motor affair which was finally ordered from those lovely … Continue reading

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Hjem… There and back again.

From the title, you will see that I have returned safely to Borka Brygga. Nine hundred and seventy nautical miles (which is approximately one thousand, one hundred and sixteen land miles) of open sea, archipelago and fjords. From the grand entry … Continue reading

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Farewell Finland… my toughest teacher.

Finland has taught me more about myself than anywhere else I have sailed. I am so glad not to have ‘chickened out’, running back to Sweden the moment sailing became challenging and I found myself out of my depth, extended … Continue reading

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